Civic infrastructure is designed based on historical architectural influences or inspirations. These infrastructures are developed for the benefit of its citizens and its growth as a city. Places such as Penn station and grand central reflect New York City’s civic architectural culture and history through its spacial designs and monumental effect.
The importance of civic infrastructure is very important in terms of the city’s development and connectivity to its surrounding neighborhoods or even other cities to maintain a growing working population. Grand central serves this main purpose while simultaneously implementing architectural culture through its mix use of Greek, Roman, Bozart and their own interpretation of these types of architecture. Walking through the different spaces inside Grand central gives the city a first impression for visitors or commuters where it gives the city a rich and important factor. Just standing at the main lobby where it has a massive ceiling height acts as an open scaled communal area and major details that are shown through out the building on the stair hand rails, its chandeliers the walls and floor materials connecting people from different areas in one grand space. The usage of bridges and ramps that go beneath or above bridges emitted a weaving effect where as if there was an entire city of its own in side of grand central.
Penn station gave a very different feel through its spaces as compared to the spaces in grand central. Penn station served more as just a functional space to transport masses from one place to another. Just by its visual appearance upon entering gave me an image of industrial machinery where it was only made to get the job done quick which was to transport people. The immense scale wasn’t there like the one in grand central where you felt you were walking in a building filled with art and historical content.